Informal zone

Welcome to our informal learning zone with different ideas and information for learning on the Thanet Coast.  In addition, you can join in on our coastal events; or learn how you can help reduce your impact on wildlife by following the Thanet Coastal Codes or by following rockpooling advice (below).



Scavenger and Eggcase Hunt - Pack

Use the pack to explore for items washed up along our shoreline - these provide vital clues of the marine life from around our coast.  Follow the pack instructions and try the challenge - and there's an additional BeachArt challenge at the end.

This family pack is suitable for encouraging infant and primary school ages to get involved, with the whole family working together! This pack is aimed at helping family groups run their own Scavenger Hunt to explore the 'strandline' - or high tide mark - for clues and evidence of life from our ocean and from along our coastline - and in particular the 'eggcases' or mermaid's purses of our local skates, rays and sharks!

The pack has been produced for use in 2021 - where coronavirus restrictions allow for family groups, or the 'rule of 6' outside - to explore the coast.  It has been produced with the help of Thanet Coast volunteers - with special mention to Coastal Warden Mandy Jarvis.


Rockpooling Responsibly!

This short film and document provides guidlines for rockpooling on the Thanet Coast - and was made as our contribution towards national Marine Week 2020


Rockpooling Fun - booklet

This new booklet is to help families explore the chalk reef for shore life that lives around the Thanet coast - either during a Seashore Safari (public event) or by themselves inspired by the virtual Seashore Safari films (above).

Produced with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of the Guardians of the Deep project

Shorelife Recording Form (NE Kent) - coming soon


Virtual Seashore Safaris 2020

These short films have been produced by Thanet Coast volunteers to show some of the marine creatures found around the Thanet Coast (NE Kent MPA). These films were produced when coronavirus access restrictions prevented us from running our usual public events - so have given a few of us the opportunity to rockpool for you - and find and show some of our varied and fascinating shorelife.  Many thanks to Greg Bessant for taking the lead in filming and production, with support from a project team.

Virtual Seashore Safaris (issued throughout August 2020) - view online: 



Thanet Coast Shorelife booklet - for children

The project team of volunteers have completed a 'Children's folder' with some basic information on 20 species from around the Thanet Coast. These are available to order via our  email ( with an online donation of £6.00 or more (Please leave approx. 3 weeks for delivery!) 

1 Cover (1)

Sample Pages (A4, landscape) - Contents list;  Shanny;  Velvet Swimming CrabRockpooling Advice  


Try a Coastal Explorer - tracker pack!

For as little as £5.00, you can hire a Coastal Explorer packs - which is filled with equipment to help you discover our rich heritage stories and natural coastline.  You can learn essential explorer skills such as how to make a sundial and use a compass, or delve into the bag for the marine identification gear and become a real rocky shore researcher!  Everything you need is in the pack and contains enough resources for at least half a day of awesome adventure.

Coastal Explorers - Tracker packs (link)


Thanet Coast - Seashore Life

This series of information sheets that have been drawn up by Lester Hovenden (Coastal Warden) for interpretation at the Thanet Coast 'Seashore Safaris'. We are forever grateful to Lester's contribution to the project.

1 - Common Crabs (370KB, PDF)

2 - Inshore Fish  (369KB, PDF)

3 - Inshore fish rarities  (423KB, PDF)

4 - Jellyfish (905KB, PDF)

5 - Cuttlefish & Squid (417KB, PDF)

6 - Animals, not plants!  (801KB, PDF)

7 - Crab sexes (139KB, PDF - image only)


Fossils on the Thanet coast


Jellyfish - on the coast 


Be a Coastal Detective

Print off your own ‘palm-top’ computer for young detectives to investigate the coast during your visit. Print double sided and fold into four to hold in the palm of your hand.


Fortune Teller - Seashore Creatures Table Manners

To describe the eating habits of creatures found on the seashore.


Life on the Edge - flowering plants on the coast

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)